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Using HOTspots surveillance data to inform stewardship and antibiotic resistance in the NT

Using HOTspots surveillance data to inform stewardship and antibiotic resistance in the NT

The NT PHN invites you to join this important online presentation by Dr Teresa Wozniak, Principal Research Scientist at  the CSIRO – Australia’s National Science Agency and Amy Legg, a clinical pharmacist, with extensive experience in in infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship.

According to the CSIRO, Australia is seeing a growing ‘silent pandemic’ of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) – when bacteria and other microbes become resistant to the drugs designed to kill them, such as antibiotics, usually from misuse or overuse.

It is considered a looming global health crisis, recently designated one of the top 10 public health threats facing humanity by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Our Presenters

Dr Teresa Wozniak works across population health and health informatics. She has cross-sector experience working in government, not-for-profit and academia.

Teresa established the AMR disease surveillance program, HOTspots and the associated digital platform deployed into clinical settings as an interactive and secure surveillance system that provides ongoing automated synthesis of AMR across community clinics and hospitals in northern Australia. These data are accurate for local needs, up-to-date and readily available at point of care, which is particularly important in regional Australia.

Dr Wozniak has a diverse portfolio of both quantitative research and research that is policy relevant. Her model of the economic burden of AMR in Australia has been used in the first National AMR Strategy and she continues to generate research that is relevant to both policy and practice.

Amy Legg is an experienced clinical pharmacist in infectious diseases and antimicrobial stewardship. Her research interests include urinary biomarkers for diagnosis of AKI, antimicrobial therapeutic drug monitoring to ensure efficacy and safety, and uptake and efficacy of the hepatitis C medications. Amy is currently undertaking a PhD aiming to better understand renal toxicity of combination antibiotic therapy for Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia.


To highlight the importance of monitoring AMR and using AMR data to inform stewardship in NT.


To deliver an interactive workshop on antibiotic resistant infections in northern Australia and to use a digital surveillance tool (HOTspots) to inform antimicrobial stewardship in hypothetical clinical scenarios relevant to regional and remote Australia.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) rates in NT
  • Describe how to use a local digital surveillance tool (HOTspots) to inform Antimicrobial stewardship


1 hour

Statements of Attendance will be provided with CPD hours for self recording. This session is designed to be multidisciplinary and each attendee can record CPD hours within their organisation’s CPD home (if deemed appropriate).


If you have any questions regarding this event, please email




28 Mar 2023


6:30 pm - 7:30 pm



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